Could THIS Be The Best Burn Remedy? Or The Worst?

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Between spending days at the beach, laying by pool, or even just walking around the city this summer, it is important that we protect ourselves from the sun. While sunburns are likely to be the most common burn people suffer from, a lot of serious burns can occur while cooking or while dealing with hot water. No matter how you get burned, the remedies vary due to the seriousness of the burn. A popular old wives tale claims that no matter the type of burn, applying mayonnaise to the affected area will help lessen the damage. Before we try this remedy, let’s find out if mayonnaise is better left in the kitchen or if this condiment will provide an inexpensive healing treatment.

Also See: 5 Ways to Treat a Painful Sunburn

According to a medical information website, Medicine Net, “the treatment of burns depends on the depth, area and location of the burn.” A more serious burn will obviously require more care and may take longer to heal than a slight burn. It is likely that many of us have experienced a minor burn—grazing a hot pan with our hand, or grabbing something out of the microwave too quickly—and understand that, despite being minor, they hurt! Medicine Net explains that “Burn depth is generally categorized as first, second or third degree,” and the burns of which most of us are familiar, including sunburns, are in fact first degree burns. After spending a day at the beach, the following night is often spent lathering on aloe and wishing you applied more sunscreen. Aloe Vera, despite being proven effective in alleviating sunburns, is not as common to have off hand in most households as mayonnaise is. Next time we underestimate the power of the sun’s rays should we run to the drugstore to pick up aloe, or should we just open the fridge?

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As the old wives tale states, it is believed that applying mayonnaise to a burn and leaving it on for a short period of time will help to alleviate the pain. But, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz’s website, Share Care, whoever started this rumor didn’t have their facts straight. Not only will mayonnaise be likely to cast an unpleasant odor, but “applying mayonnaise or other types of food can actually breed bacteria and complicate the healing process,” Share Care explains. When it comes to skin burns, it is important that you seek appropriate care immediately.

Verdict: Fact. Mayonnaise will not aid in healing a burn and should never be applied to a burn of any kind. Share Care suggests instead apply “cold running water {and that] Aloe is proven to help, and you should cover with sterile gauze to protect the wound.” When it comes to burns, making a trip to the store to pick up Aloe Vera is the best idea. Its soothing properties will help alleviate and heal burns better than anything you’ll find in your fridge. This summer, remember to use caution when in the sun for long periods of time, and always reapply sunscreen.

What is your go-to burn remedy?



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